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My Dream Job- Accountant
Transcript of My Dream Job- Accountant
Qualities & Skills required:
An accountant should have:
Good written and spoken communication skills.
An interest in how organizations work.
IT skills - most accounting systems are computerized.
An accountant would need to be:
Capable of analyzing and interpreting figures and explaining them to non-specialists.
Confident and decisive.
Able to prioritize your workload.
What do accountants do?
Accountants help organizations and individuals to manage their money.
Accountants collect and analyse the information a company needs for planning and controlling money coming in and going out.
Pay & Opportunities:
Salaries for accountants vary, depending on the employer, role and branch of accountancy and location. According to a recent Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales survey, the average salary for accountants 1 to 3 years after qualification is £45,000 a year, rising to £61,000 for those 4 to 9 years after qualification, and up to £118,000 for those qualified for 20 years or more.
Hours of work:
Accountants usually work 35-40 hours Monday to Friday.
Where could I work?
Employers in the private sector are accountancy practices (known as public practice), and firms engaged in industry and commerce. In the public sector, employers include local and central government departments, the NHS and charities.
Opportunities for accountants occur in towns and cities throughout the UK.
For entry to a degree course in any subject, the usual minimum requirement is:
2/3 A levels
GCSEs at grade C or above in 2/3 other subjects.
Alternatives to A levels include:
Edexcel (BTEC) Level 3 National qualifications
the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
To get onto an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you will usually need at least five GCSEs at A* - C, including English and Maths.
For registration with a chartered accountancy body, the usual minimum requirement is:
2 A levels
GCSEs at grade C or above in 3 other subjects
English and Maths at either level.